R has had a roller coaster of adjustments over the past 8 weeks since K died. For a while, R was an only dog and seemed to enjoy being the center of attention. But, he also seems to have enjoyed recently becoming a big brother. He still is his usual fun-loving self who you all know for the "cracker dog" that he is.
We learned other fun tricks like "take a bow". And, we worked on serious things like off-leash heeling. We had so much fun together. I adore training dogs, and R adores being trained. A perfect match!
Tomorrow, our boy gets his echocardiogram to check for a heart tumor. We both believe, based on intuition, that it will be clean. The only niggling worry in my mind is that I have is that I haven't seen his eyes shine like in the photo below in a while. This photo was from about a month ago.
Today, I also did some socialization work with our amazing trainer and Shyla. We went to the outskirts of town to an area with a fair bit of foot traffic but many people have dogs with them. Because Shyla loves dogs, their presence helps her to be outgoing with the people who are walking the dogs. It worked beautifully, as Shyla approached a few strangers all on her own initiative. I'll talk more about how we'll be teaching Shyla about the big world full of new things in coming posts. But, I now have no doubt that she'll adjust to everyday life with a slow and steady approach.